I’m admittedly a total wuss when it comes to roller coasters, and can’t help but give a blood-curdling shriek at every unexpected bend or dip.
However, the screams of excitement and terror – the background noise of any self-respecting theme park – have been strictly banned in Japan, with Fuji-Q Highland amusement park asking visitors to ‘please scream inside your heart’.
In a video released by the park, two high-ranking executives could be seen riding the park’s Fujiyama roller coaster, smartly dressed in business attire and apparently holding their screams deep inside themselves.
The video of the men silently riding the hair-raising roller coaster is a strange one, made all the more surreal by the complete absence of other passengers on the ride. One commenter put it perfectly when they likened the image to ‘an uncle commuting to work with a straight face’.
However, this no-scream policy has reportedly been widely adopted by the majority of Japanese theme parks, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, and is part of a set of reopening guidelines published by the East and West Japan Theme Park Associations at the end of May.
However, perhaps understandably, daredevils weren’t exactly convinced that it was in any way possible to hurtle through the air at breakneck speed without emitting so much as a squeal. Indeed, a Fuji-Q spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal, ‘We received complaints that the theme park association’s request to not make loud noises was impossible and too strict.’